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When starting a business, one of the most important decisions an entrepreneur can make is which type of business to form. The most common types of entity are sole proprietorships, LLCs, LLPs (Learn about the difference between LLCs and...

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Where is my Crowdfunding?

So, where is my Crowdfunding? As most entrepreneurs know all too well, one of the most difficult challenges to overcome for a small startup is raising capital to get an idea off of the ground. Last year, amidst much...

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Spotlight on Microfinance

Spotlight on Microfinance (Another Form of Crowdfunding?) Microfinance, a cousin of crowdfunding, is an economic model in which small-scale lenders extend credit to borrowers that usually are unable to access credit.  Generally, microfinance services target poor populations in developing...

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Claire Kalia is co-hosting a Santa Clara County Bar Association round table discussion on January 30 from 6-8pm on the business and ethics of social media for lawyers. MCLE credit is available. Seminar Location: SCCBA Seminar & Conference Center...

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Much ink has been spilled about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but now that it is going into effect business owners are wondering what it really means for them.   Here is the ACA in a nutshell: –       if you...

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The San Francisco Bay Area is not all about tech.  The Silicon Valley ‘s innovative spirit is reflected in a thriving local foodie culture which rewards risk-taking and creativity.  However, if you are thinking of opening an eatery, whether in...

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What Exactly Are Convertible Notes?

If you have spent any time around bootstrapping startups, you will likely have heard talk about convertible notes (also called bridge financings).  But what exactly are convertible notes and why do startups like them so much? A convertible note...

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Claire Kalia will be a featured speaker at the upcoming seminar, ‘How to Choose Your Business Entity,’ on November 8, 2012 at 6:30pm at ITRI International, 2870 Zanker Rd., Suite 140, San Jose, CA 95134.   The seminar, which will also feature...

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This month, book publishers and Google reached a settlement regarding how Google may digitize books and make them available for its users.  At issue is whether Google’s book-scanning project, known as “Google Books,” violated both publisher’s and author’s copyrights....

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If you have been paying attention to our upcoming presidential election, there are two things that should be obvious: first, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are desperately trying to get your vote. Second, they both would like to “fix”...

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